Check(book) Please

April 27, 2010
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A new week means a new 3D Challenge for my fellow demos over at Stampin’ Connection, and for you! For this week’s challenge, I am challenging anyone and everyone to make Checkbook Wallets!

Here’s the inside view of one of them:

This project is pretty simple to make. I’m sure you can figure out your own way of making a holder for your checkbook, but just in case, here are some instructions on how I made mine.

Supplies:

  • For the wallet itself, you’ll need one piece of 7-1/2″ x 6-3/4″ cardstock and one piece of 6-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ cardstock
  • You’ll also need a bone folder and sticky strip to assemble the wallet
  • To decorate the wallet, you’ll want to use your VersaMark ink, heat tool, and clear embossing powder

Instructions:

  • Take the 7-1/2″ x 6-3/4″ piece of cardstock and score it at 3-5/16″ in from both sides (your score lines should be parallel to the 6-3/4″ sides of the cardstock).
  • Stamp one or both flaps of the scored piece however you’d like. Be careful to make sure that your design will be oriented correctly once your wallet is folded. If you plan to use on ribbon or other 3D embellishments, add those later.
  • To give the wallet a little sturdiness, clear emboss the entire front (decorated) side of the wallet (both flaps and the spine). Just press your VersaMark ink pad directly over the entire piece of cardstock, coat with clear embossing powder, and emboss with the heat tool.
  • Once the wallet is embossed, add any additional layers or embellishments to the cover.
  • Finally, take the 6-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of cardstock and adhere it to the inside of the bottom flap using sticky strip. This will make the pocket to slide your checkbook in. You can add a pocket to the inside of the top flap as well to hold a check register if you’d like (see photo above).

Scraps of Advice:

  • You can get both of the stamp sets I used for these wallets at 20% off! The Two-Step Into Spring Promotion is still going on, but it ends this Friday! So take advantage of this opportunity to purchase select spring-themed stamp sets at 20% off, including the Fifth Avenue Floral and Greenhouse Garden sets I used to make these fabulous checkbook wallets!
  • I LOVE the way my Greenhouse Garden wallet turned out (click on image for larger view). I took a cue from some bright colored daisy note cards I had purchased at Target and decorated the cover using colors from the new Color Renovation Brights Collection, including the returning In Colors Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point. The daisy image looks fabulous in those colors!
  • My Stamp-a-ma-jig helped me get the placement just right for adding the shading to the daisy images. The shading really adds so much to the image, and it’s just one of the joys of two-step stamping!
  • For the Fifth Avenue Floral wallet, I wanted to go a little modern (click on image for larger view). I got the inspiration for the color combo from a picture I saw in a Bed, Bath & Beyond mailer (I might just buy the bedding set, too…the colors are soooooo pretty!). I stamped the flower image randomly in Basic Black and YoYo Yellow onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. For an added modern punch, I ran this cardstock piece through my Big Shot with the new Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (coming out in the new Summer Mini!). Then I clear embossed the panel and adhered it to the front of my checkbook wallet.
  • A strip of Basic Gray and YoYo Yellow and some Basic Gray Satin Ribbon gave the perfect finish to this modern and marvelous checkbook wallet.

These checkbook wallets are so fun and easy to make, but they aren’t sturdy enough to carry around in a purse everyday. So if you’re like me and you only write check when paying bills at home, then these are perfect and pretty ways to hold your checkbooks. But these are versatile too! If you don’t use your checkbook at all, think about using this as a cover for a pocket calendar or small notepad. It’s easy to change the design a little to fit any type of paper pad!

I hope you can take part in my 3D Challenge this week! Feel free to post a link to your creation in a comment, I’d love to see what you create!

Scraps of Info:

  • Get your hands on a stamp set from the new Idea Book & Catalog! Also, buy select spring-themed stamp sets for 20% off, no additional purchase required! Click HERE and learn more about the Two-Step Into Spring Promotion going on now! But hurry, this amazing offer ends on April 30th!
  • NEW My Digital Studio Downloads have just been released! Click HERE to find out which new digital stamp sets you can add to your MDS collection!
  • You can find the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the new Summer Mini. Would you like a copy of the Summer Mini Catalog? Email me and I’ll send you a free copy in the mail!

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Project Recipe (Greenhouse Garden):
Stamp Set: Greenhouse Garden
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, VersaMark
Tools: Sticky Strip, Bone Folder, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Clear Embossing Powder
That Little Something Extra: 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Certainly Celery

Project Recipe (Fifth Avenue Floral):
Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, YoYo Yellow
Ink: Basic Black, YoYo Yellow, VersaMark
Tools: Sticky Strip, Bone Folder, Heat Tool, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (2010 Summer Mini), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Clear Embossing Powder
That Little Something Extra: 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Basic Gray

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13 Responses to Check(book) Please

  1. Pat (mspfd) on April 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    These are fabulous! Great work. Thanks for sharing the instructions.

  2. Jenn on April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    What great checkbook covers! Love the colors! Can’t believe you stampled those! The paper looks like designer paper! Great job!

  3. Paige on April 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Beautiful!

  4. Gina Lindsay on April 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I love these. Of course, I love the one with the bright colored flowers, but the yellow and grey one is very elegant looking, I love that combo. Thanks for sharing the directions.

  5. maria on April 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    These are terrific! But, since I don’t carry a purse! (yes, that’s right)..I couldn’t make these for myself….but I might have to think about it for mother’s day!
    Thanks for the idea :)
    Maria

  6. Sarah on April 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    These check book covers are darling, Jacqueline. Thanks for the how-to’s! I especially like the one using Manhattan Floral. That is such a great set. Love your ribbon choices, too. Wonderful projects!

  7. ERika on April 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    What fantastic checkbook covers. Great work!

  8. Leslie on April 28, 2010 at 5:44 am

    What an awesome idea and very easily changeable for all seasons and holidays! I especially like the black and yellow one!!!

  9. Sew-Ink on April 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Really cute, love the gray and yellow one!

  10. Cheryl (shestamps) on April 29, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Cool! Fab idea!

  11. Loretta on April 30, 2010 at 6:59 am

    What a neat idea! I love the bright and cheerful colors of these covers! Wonderful work!

    I have blog candy; http://www.msrhetta.blogspot.com

  12. Crystal L. (Crafting & Rambling) on May 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Oh, J…I LOOOOOVE this idea!! Oh, I wanna do it myself…what fun!! Man, I wish I had more time this week…I’ll just need to check back at your blog later to remind myself of all the neat things I need to try! :) tfs

  13. Pe4RL on December 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Gorgeous!!!

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